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Swiss vote 'yes' to Swedish Gripen jets

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Switzerland has moved one step closer to buying a consignment of 22 Swedish Gripen fighter jets worth SEK 23 billion. The country’s national council has voted by a large majority to approve the deal, reports Swedish Radio News.  

“It is not the dearest or the best option but Gripen is a technically good plane that meets all our requirements,” said Swiss Defence Minister Ueli Maurer.

A further parliamentary vote is scheduled for next week. However it may be some time before Swedish-based Saab can expect to deliver the planes if at all, reports news agency TT.

A recent opinion poll indicates that 63 percent of Swiss voters are opposed to their country buying new fighter jets. And a referendum is expected on the issue next year.

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